It is reported that China is looking to expand wind power generating capacity to 100,000 megawatts by 2020 or fivefold the previous target.
Mr Shi Pengfei vice president of Chinese Wind Energy Association said referring to the National Development and Reform Commission China’s top industry planning body that “The NDRC has just recently completed an internal meeting to discuss the possibility of increasing wind power capacity to 100,000MW. It’s not 20,000MW or 30,000MW as previously targeted.”
Mr Shi said at a wind equipment show in Shanghai that China aims to get 15 percent of its power consumption from renewable sources by 2020, though the majority of the capacity will be contributed by hydropower projects. To meet this binding target, besides hydropower, wind has to play a major role as others like solar and bio energy will only generate small amounts out of the total.
According to the electricity regulator and industry association China has 5,600MW of installed wind capacity at the end of last year, though nearly a quarter of them are not connected to grids. Distributors in China are not keen on wind power as they have to secure back up energy during times when the wind is not strong enough and wind power costs more than coal-fired electricity.